Friday, February 20, 2015

Bookish Thoughts

On Veronica Mars. Veronica is such a great character--smart, sarcastic and unstoppable--almost like a modern-day Nancy Drew. I admit, I really loved the television series and I cheered when the movie came out. But did you know there are books, too? Veronica Mars: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas is the first one. Talk about a great mystery! It's witty, fast-paced and fun ... and it has all of my favorite characters from the TV series in it, too. Call me a bookish fan! I am waiting impatiently to get my hands on the next one: Veronica Mars: Mr. Kiss and Tell. I hear it's even better than the first.

On language.  I don't mind a little swearing in the books I read, but I recently read a couple of YA novels with a disturbing (and completely unnecessary!) amount. There was so much language, in fact, that if they were made into movies they would both be R-rated. What's up with that? Are writers of teen novels so devoid of imagination and lacking in vocabulary these days that a string of four-letter words is the best they can do? Because that's just sad.


  1. Lark, I love V Mars as well and was excited for the books :) I really enjoyed reading them both and look forward to Thomas writes next. I love getting to know V Mars through the books - such a fun treat! And I'm with you on language. What is up with all the cursing? Are kids no longer able to speak with throwing in a swear every other word? Seems like authors think so which is why they include way too much cursing in YA novels. Its pretty sad.

  2. I love Veronica Mars! I am going to have to read the books. I second your opinion on language in YA novels. I started one that was so filled with language I didn't finish it. I hope it doesn't become a trend!

  3. Yes, I think the language has to be really deserved and make sense for the story and characters. Otherwise, it feels like the authors are just trying to shock the readers. There are so many words in this language that it just seems lazy when every few words is an expletive.